I can answer most questions about studying physics in college and graduate school; questions about condensed matter physics; x-ray physics; synchrotron radiation; and general and modern physics. I can also answer questions about careers in academia.
Professor of physics for 30 years at Illinois Institute of Technology. Academic adviser for undergraduates and graduate students. I have served on university promotion and tenure committees, search committees for Deans and Department Chairs. I have also been an Associate Department Chair and an Associate Dean. I have 34 years experience in materials science research and I have been responsible for building and now managing a User facility at the Advanced Photon Source.
American Physical Society
American Chemical Society
American Associate for the Advancement of Science
International Centre for Diffraction Data (Fellow)
International X-ray Absorption Society
Nature; Physical Review Letters; Physical Review; Applied Physics Letters; Journal of Physical Chemistry; Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials; Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics; Solid State Communications; Physics Letters; Journal of Low Temperature Physics; Journal of Crystal Growth and Design; Physics Letters; Journal of Applied Physics; Journal of Archaeological Science; Physica C; Corrosion Science; Electrochimica Acta; Journal of Nuclear Materials
Ph.D. Physics, 1981 - University of California, San Diego
M.S. Physics, 1977 - University of California, San Diego
B.S. Physics, 1976 - University of illinois, Champaign-Urbana
B.S. Chemistry 1976 - University of illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Duchossois Leadership Professor of Physics, IIT Fellow, International Center for Diffraction Data
Physics, and science in general has been a lifelong passion for me. I particularly enjoy understanding how Nature works and how to describe it.
There are always new things to learn in science and specifically new, young scientists to mentor. I especially enjoy working with students at all levels, undergraduates to graduate students.
Physics is an excellent starting point for many different careers. What you learn as a physicist translates to many disciplines and careers.
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Of course your research experience and your letters of reference are extremely important once a program considers your application fully. In fact, at that point, the GPA and GRE scores are less important
Hi Anirudha: I think that your M.S. grades will carry more weight. Of course your PGRE scores will also have an effect. The big problem with asking about chances for so-called "top" programs is that
Hi Renes: No one can tell you that. You need to do research on the field yourself and decide if it is exciting for you. Of course you can make contributions to the field no matter what direction you
Hi Renes: Medical Physics and Physics are quite different. Medical Physics in the United States has become more like a M.D. degree, requiring an accredited program and residency before being able to
Hi phanidhar: My advice is to start with any university physics textbook. No need to buy it new, find a used one and get started. If you can find a copy of the Feynman Lectures, that is also a good